Archive for August, 2013

96-year-old man’s song written for late wife tops iTunes chart

August 30th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels - In The NewsiTunes Chart Topper Written by 96-Year-Old Man

Have you heard about the chart-topping tune on iTunes written by a 96-year-old man for his late wife? It’s called “Oh Sweet Lorraine.” Fred Stobaugh of Peoria, Illinois, had entered a songwriting contest for a nearby studio. The producers were so moved by the lyrics that they recorded the song and produced a documentary about it (the documentary has gone viral, watch below). In the documentary, Mr. Stobaugh hears the professionally recorded song for the first time. The couple met in 1938 when Lorraine worked at the A&W Root Beer as a car hop. They were married two years later. She recently died in April after nearly 73 years of marriage. The song’s lyrics express love for his wife. Get out your hankies…tears will fall when you hear it!


What’s for dinner tonight? Why not healthy salmon (check out this recipe)…

August 28th, 2013 1 Comment

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Dinner Idea: Salmon Teriyaki with Mango Salsa Sauce

When planning dinner for your family or loved ones in NJ elder care, you want to serve something delicious as well as healthy. Salmon is one of the healthier fish. It’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and B vitamins. Omega-3 fats help to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation can be the root cause of health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. This salmon recipe is tasty, healthy, and colorful with its mango salsa sauce. Check out a article with photos of other ways to prepare salmon:


Fiber’s health benefits

August 27th, 2013 No Comments

Fiber’s benefits

Fiber is something we all know we need to consume daily to maintain bowel health, regardless of age. However, fiber has many other health benefits.

  • Fiber reduces cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is the type that reduces cholesterol levels. Beans, carrots, oat bran, apples, oranges, and flaxseed all contain soluble fiber.
  • Fiber maintains healthy blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber helps the body to reduce sugar absorption in the body, which helps improve blood sugar levels.
  • High fiber diets helps dieting. Because foods with high fiber levels tend to make you feel full, you won’t be as prone to overeat. It will also help you feel full longer.

Start your day off right with breakfast cereals which are high in fiber. Consumer Reports has studied fiber-rich breakfast cereals for taste, texture, nutrition, and value. See the results at

Scientists studying why some seniors over 80 have brains as sharp as those 20-30 years younger…

August 26th, 2013 No Comments

In Elder News: Super Agers

You may know one yourself–a “super ager”–a person over 80 with a mind as sharp as a 50-year-old. But these people are rare–only about 10% of those over 80 have the memory of people 20-30 years younger. Scientists are looking into why this happens, and how can it help the other 90%. Research has shown that the brain’s cortex is thicker in the super agers. The cortex handles attention, memory and thinking skills.

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Inspirational quote for family caregivers

August 23rd, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ: Inspirational Quote for Family Caregivers

Happy Friday! Another week has passed and you’ve been busy helping your elder loved one. Family caregivers are often stressed out and pulled in many different directions. Although it may sometimes seem you’re up against a mountain–just keep going!

Burlington County NJ woman’s murder charge dropped due to dementia

August 22nd, 2013 No Comments

Dementia cited as reason for dropping Burlington County NJ woman’s murder charge

Fredricka Rosa, 78, from Burlington County allegedly shot and killed her husband in 2012 and was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon. A judge recently dropped the charges after it was determined her dementia made her incompetent to stand trial. Ms. Rosa was diagnosed with dementia in 2009. It’s unclear why Ms. Rosa shot her husband; she has no recollection of the alleged crime. The victim, Valpa Rosa, had several guns in the home which were not locked away.

The dangers of having guns near those with dementia

Persons with dementia are not safe owning or handling guns. It’s also unsafe for family members living in the same home with their loved one. Their memory is impaired, as well as their judgement. Dementia may cause hallucinations, which can trigger a person into believing an intruder is in the home, when in reality it’s a family member or a shadow on the wall. A person with dementia may believe they are in serious peril and will not hesitate to shoot.

If you have an older loved one who owns one or more guns, follow these tips:

  • Is the gun owner truly able–physically and mentally–to handle a gun?
  • If the gun owner is not competent, get their permission to release the weapon from their home.
  • If the gun owner isn’t competent to own firearms, and refuses to release the gun(s), remove it from the home anyway. You may need to enlist assistance from your local police department.


Lawrence NJ seniors’ enjoy “Stay Cool Fun Night” sponsored by Visiting Angels

August 20th, 2013 1 Comment

Visiting Angels Sponsors Lawrence Township Senior Center’s “Stay Cool Fun Night”

Visiting Angels recently made over 90 seniors’ day at the Lawrence Township Senior Center by providing delicious cupcakes and refreshing water for the Center’s “Stay Cool Fun Night.” Rudy Tervooren, Managing Director and Co-Owner of Visiting Angels, also gave a short presentation about our home care NJ services. An enjoyable evening was had by everyone! Thanks to the Township of Lawrence Office on Aging and Executive Director Lillian LaSalle for inviting us to be a part of this community outreach.

Visiting Angels on TV…check out our new commercial!

August 19th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels Senior Home Care rolls out new TV spot

Have you seen Visiting Angels’ new TV commercial yet? Two baby boomer women discuss the concerns over being a family caregiver of an aging father. Does your parent need help with cleaning, doing laundry, shopping, errands, and cooking? There’s an “Angel” for that! A Visiting Angels home health aide can do all this and more. Call us today at 609-883-8188 for your NJ elder care needs.

Check out more Visiting Angels commercials on our TV page.

Learn more about Cataracts with Cataract Awareness Month

August 14th, 2013 No Comments

Cataract Awareness Month

August is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that a leading cause of blindness worldwide is due to cataracts? However, thanks to technology and new procedures, most of us in the United States will not experience blindness due to cataracts. Cataracts aren’t a film over the eye, as it may seem, but a cataract does cloud the lens of the eye and gradually stops light from passing through. It’s best for adults over 65 to have their eyes checked every one to two years.

For more on Cataract Awareness Month, read our Community Resource Page. You may also download information sheets about vision, including a crossword puzzle.

Famous faces may be key to determining early-onset dementia…

August 13th, 2013 No Comments

News for those in elder care New Jersey:

A study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago helps reveal early-onset dementia. Early onset dementia typically occurs before people reach the age of 65. The test involves asking people name twenty famous people from photos and give details why they’re famous. A person without dementia was able to name 93% of the celebrities and recognized 97% of them. Those with early-onset dementia only could name 46% of the celebrities, and were able to recognize and give some details about them for 79% of the photos. For those who could not recognize and name the celebrities, they apparently have tissue loss in both sides of the brain. If they recognized them, but could not name them, the brain tissue loss is in the left side.

Who are the famous people?

John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Albert Einstein, Liza Minnelli, Pope John Paul II, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Martin Luther King Jr., Humprey Bogart, Sammy Davis Jr., Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, Lucille Ball, Condoleezza Rice, and Queen Elizabeth II

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Photo credit: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston